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On This Return To WordPress — WARREN ELLIS LTD

What a bummer. A decade ago when I first started properly blogging over at Blogger after having done the whole micro-blogging/social media thing with LiveJournal>Friendster>MySpace>Facebook and the beginnings of Twitter, it was mostly inspired, influenced and guided by “Internet Jesus” Warren Ellis.

I’ve swapped out the theme here a couple of times. The first time, it was because a theme update (Meks Typology) fucked itself up in a handful of ways, and because Jetpack updates would fail catastrophically and take the whole website offline, requiring me to FTP into the site and manually delete the Jetpack plugin and the thousands of busted files it would litter into the system. I went to a simple theme called Uncluttered. Jetpack seemed to behave, but the theme was broken and would only display images on the first page of posts. So I went to another simple theme that did not do this. And then the next Jetpack update busted the whole site.

(Later): I like WordPress. I’ve used it for many things for many years. I like the mobile app and the flexibility it gives me in posting from my phone in my preferred formats. But I am starting to regret not trying to make a blot.im instance work for my needs.

I’ve liked being here and doing this. But I may have to shut it off and start again. Or? If it really does require hours a week of deleting exploded files and sacrificing something to Satan every time I click a button? Just shutting it off. I came back to blogging too late, and shit stopped working.

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WP Social

1084131So I’ve come back to reestablish a regular presence here on WordPress and it has occurred to me that I should also become more social here again as well. That means reaching out more — actually responding to what I’ve read on all your various sites and  offering more than a mere like. I would imagine a simple quid pro quo approach would be the simple currency here. We reciprocate what we’ve received.

On my end this would no doubt require me to decrease my social media activities, which I should do anyways when I lack anything relevant to add to the cybersphere. So that’s what I will do: shun Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a little more in favor of my WP feed here. And maybe I should also start promoting/giving shout-outs to interesting blogs and friendly bloggers I may come across again. Re-blogs. Heck, we can even just make that part of the above-mentioned QPQ currency here as well.

So, yeah! I’ll be seein’ ya!

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Hello

This is a reboot. Well, actually, since the previous 550+ blog postings all still exist (now over on my archive site Ruckerpedia), I suppose it’s more accurately a relaunch. A relaunch of the general blog I started nearly a decade ago over on Blogger in late 2009 (originally called Brandon Rucker Writes) before I migrated it over to WordPress in late 2013. This relaunch of my blogging activities is necessary because, you see, I’ve been distracted with other things and slacking. I realized earlier this year that it was time for a fresh start and a renewed purpose for blogging. So here are, a fresh start on my own personal digital headspace. Thanks for visiting. See ya around, sporadically.

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Blog Guest Blog Reblog

Why Writers Shouldn’t Blog Too Much | Vincent Mars

Blogging can take over your writing life. You may have reached a point where you have to ask yourself this question — is blogging distracting me from my more ambitious work?

Many of us have started our blogs thinking it’s good for our writing careers. We need more than good writing if we want to be writers, we know. We need the exposure that a blog can bring us. We need an online reputation. We need connections. Blogging can help bring us all of these.

But every minute you spend writing a blog post or reading comments is a minute you don’t spend working on your larger writing projects. And there will be many days when blogging will seem so much easier than revising that long manuscript you’ve been working on for years.

READ MORE via Why Writers Shouldn’t Blog Too Much — boy with a hat

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“Frequently asked questions” | Nick Denton (via Medium)

Wow. I’ve been obsessed with and concerned about the Fourth and Fifth Estates for a while. Some serious intrigue in this FAQ by Nick Denton, posted to Medium on March 22nd. An excerpt and link follows.


The sale of Gizmodo and other properties is concluded, the litigation around Gawker.com settled, and my next project underway. Here’s a short recap of the past and a preview of what’s next.

What was Gawker Media Group?

Gawker Media Group was the first and largest independent news organization to emerge in digital media. Run by journalists, it was credited with bringing a bracing honesty — sometimes called snark — to news, lifestyle and product coverage. Founded in 2003, and based in New York and Budapest, the group built brands such as Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jezebel and Deadspin. All seven properties together drew more than 100m readers worldwide each month, and more than $50m in annual advertising and e-commerce revenue. GMG is one of the only digital media companies to achieve profitability without external capital.

What comes next?

There is a new challenge: to encourage the free exchange of ideas and the development of internet communities, while avoiding unnecessary provocation and shaming of people from other groups. (And yes, Gawker was proud of its provocative journalism.) Private messaging and niche forums may contribute to a solution. This is the project on which I am embarking. I’m working from Europe, where the technology platforms for my two previous companies were also developed. If you have an interest in conversational media, let’s be in touch — especially if you also have experience in online and offline debate formats, graph databases, encrypted messaging, threaded forums or machine learning.

Read more at @nicknotned on Medium. 

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Trying to Write as a Pantser | Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon A Thompson

I’m a pantser for the first time.

What’s a pantser? Someone who writes a book with no plan, as opposed to a plotter, who, you know, plots.

Normally, I plot like crazy. I have plots for my plots. (Also known as subplots.) And though I almost always deviate from my original plans, I always have a plan. But lately, I was feeling a little bogged down by all that planning. I yearned for adventure. For mystery. For absolute chaos. Like a road trip with no destination ahead. Just me and the road and whatever will happen.

So, I decided my first book of 2017 would be written in perfect pantser style, full speed ahead.

I’m not going to lie, I thought I would crash and burn. In fact, I expected to. But that wasn’t the case. Let me explain the differences by comparing my normal plotter ways and my current…

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LINKAGE: Brandon Rucker Writes @ Blogger

Reactivated. If only because absolutely no one demanded it. Go there now: Brandon Rucker Writes http://brandonruckerwrites.blogspot.com/